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    Moonlight in a Jar: An Al-Andalus Timeline

    That's Mawana. The ugliness in Mawana was overzealous and brutal by a lot of standards.
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    Moonlight in a Jar: An Al-Andalus Timeline

    It's been fairly trade post-based so far, with obvious warlordism-based exceptions like Mawana and the conquest of the Yucatan. The trade posts tend to spawn plantations once epidemic diseases take their toll. Along the Amazonian coastal area, for ex, there are brazilwood, sugar and indigo...
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    Moonlight in a Jar: An Al-Andalus Timeline

    The Azores - and by that, I mean the Maghurin Islands - are solidly Andalusian real estate at this point. However, there's a majority Mozarabic Christian community on the island of Iman (Santa Maria). Imani Christians tend to be fairly friendly to fellow Christian visitors. The Asmarids control...
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    Moonlight in a Jar: An Al-Andalus Timeline

    I'll be covering that in detail a bit more, but, spoiler alert: Anglish sailors have made it to the Azores by now and are on the verge of reaching the New World.
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    Moonlight in a Jar: An Al-Andalus Timeline

    The Asmarids absolutely do not want Provencia or Genoa traipsing around the New World. They also have the ability to block the Bataids from readily reaching the New World, unless they sail out of Basra - but that's very far afield for them. Your likeliest colonial powers outside of the Islamic...
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    Moonlight in a Jar: An Al-Andalus Timeline

    I saw it, I just forgot to respond because I was at the office. :P That's probably a better choice for naming, really.
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    Moonlight in a Jar: An Al-Andalus Timeline

    Abd ar-Rahman the Seafarer is, in some ways, analogous to Almanzor in that he's a great man who was followed by a series of quick flops. This is actually not an uncommon thing, if you look at how histories go: The big man is often followed by the small man, and the strong man is often followed...
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    Moonlight in a Jar: An Al-Andalus Timeline

    Really this TL's biggest consequence is that kitties and blue zellige tile will take over the world by 1600.
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    Moonlight in a Jar: An Al-Andalus Timeline

    Oh yes, the Bataids and the Asmarids hate each other. Regular traders from each side get along fine, but the Bataid nobles view the Asmarids as followers of a fake Caliph and the Moors view the Bataids as hicks who follow a fake Caliph. They honestly hate each other more than they hate, say...
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    Moonlight in a Jar: An Al-Andalus Timeline

    My gang of choice is the AHMADI-CRUZ PARLANTE GANG.
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    Moonlight in a Jar: An Al-Andalus Timeline

    The Asmarids are decidedly different from the Almohads and Almoravids: They're a cosmopolitan dynasty from the coast. They're not all that different from most Andalusis at this point. The line between coastal Berbers and Andalusians has blurred a lot. There will be some unhappy people...
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    Moonlight in a Jar: An Al-Andalus Timeline
    Threadmarks: ACT VIII Part XIV: Decadence and Change

    Excerpt: The Complete History of Andalusia, the Maghreb and Ifriqiya - Gharsiya al-Mahzuzi, Falconbird Press, AD 1980 Coming to power in his 50s, Al-Mansur ibn Abd al-Rahman came in hoping to make the most of his later years and reign for at least a while longer. He wouldn't truly get the...
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    Moonlight in a Jar: An Al-Andalus Timeline

    It is the latter: Anglish culture is not uniformly Scandinavian at all, but their ruling class tends to have close marital and cultural ties to Denmark and Norway and their power base is in the old Danelaw, where the culture is somewhat more Nordic-influenced. Angland is a little more...
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    Moonlight in a Jar: An Al-Andalus Timeline

    Memes in a Jar I've been slowed down a bit on the next chapter due to, basically, the aforementioned family crisis knocking the wheels out from under things a little bit. Hoping to get back to things in the next few days.
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    Military Aircraft that should have never been built?

    I was wondering when the Firebrand would show its face in here. The fact that they actually fielded the thing at all, despite the myriad delays and changes in its development process, still baffles me somewhat. Totally my pick.
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